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July 2, 1932 – July 1, 2017 Like other boys growing up during World War II, Joseph B. Manzella was inspired to patriotism. He was part of a youth group that took part in a special war bond drive on the promise that the Navy would name a cruiser for Buffalo and was given a certificate of appreciation. When the war ended, construction of that ship was halted, but he ne…

Obituaries

Sept. 20, 1944 – June 18, 2017 James F. Eagan was happiest on the water. At his family’s cottage in Crystal Beach, Ont., he spent his boyhood summers swimming and boating with his siblings and his cousins. When he met a girl in the summer of 1968 whose girlfriends had a cottage next to one he rented with his buddies, their first date was on a sailboat. He and the …

Columns

In his pocket, Greg Johnson's cellphone wouldn't stop pinging. The acting principal of the Dr. George Blackman School of Excellence, or School 54, guessed he was receiving repeated news alerts Wednesday morning, and that some big national story must be breaking. Even so, he was in no position to check his phone. He stood before hundreds of joyous Buffalo schoolchildren,…

Education

A grocer and a banker got to talking one day about ways to provide educational opportunities for students enrolled in Buffalo schools. But it wasn’t just any grocer and banker. It was Danny Wegman, chief executive of Wegmans Food Markets, and Robert G. Wilmers, CEO and chairman of M&T Bank, and they wanted a plan that would build upon their already-extensive efforts…